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The Everyday Prayer


 
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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Remembrance of Laurindo and Madora, young Mozambicans who died because of the war. With them we remember all of the young people killed because of conflict and the violence of humanity.


Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God in the highest
and peace on earth to the people he loves.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

1 John 2,12-17

I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven through his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you have come to know the One who has existed since the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have overcome the Evil One. I have written to you, children, because you have come to know the Father. I have written to you, parents, because you have come to know the One who has existed since the beginning. I have written to you, young people, because you are strong, and God's word remains in you, and you have overcome the Evil One. Do not love the world or what is in the world. If anyone does love the world, the love of the Father finds no place in him, because everything there is in the world -- disordered bodily desires, disordered desires of the eyes, pride in possession -- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world, with all its disordered desires, is passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains for ever.

 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The apostle John turns to all believers with a solemn triple allocution. He calls them "children" because they were generated to faith by him, but also "fathers" because at the same time they must generate new believers in the Church, and also "young people," who are strong because by keeping the Word of the Lord in their hearts, they have conquered evil. The apostle invites believers not to love the world nor the things of this world because in doing so they distance themselves from the love of God. In John’s language, the word "world" does not mean simply creation but the earthly reality in as much as it is subjugated to the power of evil (Jn 12:31) and therefore opposed to the reign of God, which is the reign of love, justice, and peace. We hear here the opposition explained by Jesus: "No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth" (Mt 6:24). Believers must pay attention not to let themselves be overtaken by the power of evil which takes root in the heart through the lust of the flesh which drives those who are its slaves to do evil. Even the Apostle Paul reminds the Christians of Rome: "Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires" (Rom 13:14). John exemplifies: lust of the flesh manifests itself in "the desire of the eyes, the pride of riches." Therefore, whoever lets himself be guided by these instincts distances himself from God and remains overwhelmed by the transience of the world. But the world passes, as both John and Paul remind us: "For the present form of this world is passing away," (1 Cor 7:31) Paul writes to the Corinthians. To the contrary, whoever does the will of God, "remains in eternal" that is, remains in love. The time of Christmas that we are living is a good time to let the Child grow in us: with Him we remain in love and hasten the fullness of the Kingdom of God.


12/30/2015
Prayer of the Christmas season


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27
Sunday, 27 November
Liturgy of the Sunday
NOV
28
Monday, 28 November
Memory of the Poor
NOV
29
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Memory of the Mother of the Lord
NOV
30
Wednesday, 30 November
Memory of the Apostles
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1
Thursday, 1 December
Memory of the Church
DEC
2
Friday, 2 December
Memory of Jesus crucified
DEC
3
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Sunday Vigil
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4
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Liturgy of the Sunday